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Full details and art: Blue Underground’s three-disc “MANIAC” 4K Blu-ray release

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Blu-ray/DVD, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

William Lustig’s notorious shocker MANIAC is coming back to disc in a new 4K restoration with fresh bonus features (including—full disclosure—one by yours truly). Keep reading for the complete specs and cover art.

Blue Underground releases the three-disc Limited Collector’s Edition of MANIAC, with Joe Spinell in the psychopathic title role, co-starring Caroline Munro and featuring Tom Savini’s graphic makeup effects, on November 13. The centerpiece is the brand new 4K transfer of the uncut, unrated movie from the recently discovered 16mm original camera negative, presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. Audio tracks include DTS-HD 7.1, DTS-HD 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0; the first pressing will come with a 3D lenticular slipcover (seen below). The bonus features are:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray w/Feature Film):

  • Audio Commentary #1 by producer/director William Lustig and producer Andrew W. Garroni
  • Audio Commentary #2 by producer/director William Lustig, special makeup effects artist Tom Savini, editor Lorenzo Marinelli and Joe Spinell’s assistant Luke Walter
  • NEW! MANIAC outtakes
  • NEW! “Returning to the Scene of the Crime With William Lustig”
  • “Anna and the Killer”: Interview with star Caroline Munro
  • “The Death Dealer”: Interview with special makeup effects artist Tom Savini
  • “Dark Notes”: Interview with composer Jay Chattaway
  • “Maniac Men”: Interview with songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
  • Theatrical trailers
  • TV spots
  • Radio spots
  • MR. ROBBIE: MANIAC 2 Promo Reel

Disc 2 (DVD):

  • THE JOE SPINELL STORY
  • MANIAC publicity
  • MANIAC controversy

BONUS: MANIAC original motion picture soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway
BONUS: Collectable booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold

Retail price is $39.95.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.